Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden powerful forward-backward movement that is forced onto the neck (medically termed as acceleration-deceleration force).
Most of the time, whiplash injuries happen due to road traffic accidents (motor vehicle accidents) especially when a car, traveling at high speed, knocks into the back or side of another car. Other accidents can include strong collision in sports or even falls.
The sudden front-back acceleration-deceleration snaps the head forward in a full neck forward bending, followed by a quick backward snapping, like a "whipping" motion. The full damage varies depending on the
Whiplash injuries are graded according to the following:
Most whiplash patients commonly report
And these symptoms can happen immediately after the whiplash injury, or in some cases the symptoms may present after a few days.
Other whiplash symptoms may include:
Patients with whiplash injuries can be assured when they see our senior physiotherapists and senior spinal physiotherapists that we aim to have little-to-no pain during our physiotherapy sessions (this means that you should feel very little or no pain during sessions with us).
Whiplash physiotherapy sessions may include: